vinyl library #13: denzel curry’s ‘zuu’

Thinking about this record brings me back to the beginning of my vinyl collecting. Around that time (about a year ago at this point), I was buying at least four records a week. I went from having four records (one that was passed down to me from one of my mom’s friends) to having over 50. That was at the beginning of Pandemic Season One, so I had nothing to do except constantly worry about the state of the world and buy records. And my bank account has still not recovered (even as I bought three records in 30 minutes right before typing this LOL – Yours Conditionally (2017) by Tennis (but that one was “free” using some credits I’ve been saving through Vinyl Me Please), Choose Your Weapon (2015) by Hiatus Kaiyote (listening “Molasses” for the first time in a while from this album is the reason it was bought), and Is It Because I’m Black (1969) by Syl Johnson (I have a vivid memory of standing in line to go through the security checkpoint at the airport for one of my last flights before Rona listening to this project) – but in my defense, it’s been a while since I bought a record). 

Denzel’s ZUU (2019) was one of the first records I bought when I getting into collecting more heavily. 

Denzel Curry’s ZUU (2019)

i have two versions of this project – one of them is the transparent green lp and the other is a box set of 7″ records (i think there’s 2 tracks on each) that are also transparent green. idk why i have two copies of this record. i didn’t need two copies. help me lol

I’ve already talked about ZUU in a write-up on here before, so I don’t think that I have too much more to add (though I wrote that a year ago, so the quality of that write-up is questionable LOL). I listened to a few songs on here today for the first time in a while, and they sound just as good as they did the first time I heard the album. The first time the project graced my ears was the summer after I graduated from college. I was back at home before going back up to NY to work for a year, and I’d designated myself as the lawn mower for the house for that summer.

I needed something to listen to one day while cutting the grass and decided to finally check out ZUU, after hearing so much about it and liked it a lot. But it kind of got lost in the musical sauce for a few months before I ended up revisiting it again and truly appreciating it for what it was. Though TABOO (2018) was a monster of a project, ZUU doesn’t pale in comparison. Denzel’s flow and verses are just as strong as they are on TABOO, and he’s backed remarkably by the production and features. As I mentioned in the previous write-up for the album, this project is a musical homage to Miami. Denzel holds his hometown dearly and uses ZUU as an opportunity to place that appreciation on an album. This album wouldn’t been the same if he didn’t have that closeness to his city.

And we CAN’T forget his VEVO performance of “WISH.” It remains my favorite video on YouTube.

Lil’ Facts

Officially became a part of the collection on April 18, 2020 (for the 12″ and sometime in July 2020 for the box set)

Bought from: Walmart for the 12″ and the Denzel Curry webstore for the box set. You can still buy both of them from the Denzel Curry webstore.

Year of Original Album Release: 2019

Runtime: 29 minutes

Discogs Release Page

Jacket Style: Single

Format: 1LP

Record Player Set Up Specs:

Turntable: Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK Automatic Bluetooth Turntable in Black (from Turntable Lab)

Speakers: Edifier R1280DB Powered Speakers in Black (from Turntable Lab)

My Record Collection (via Discogs)

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